ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse: Keeping Cyber Squatters at Bay?

April 22, 2014
ICANN (the organisation that coordinates internet domain names) is in the process of expanding the domain name system by introducing hundreds of new global Top Level Domains (“gTLDs”). Domain name endings such as .london, .black and .christmas will be available for the first time alongside traditional gTLDs such as .com, .net and .org.

As new domain names are made available, brand owners must be vigilant to the risk that a third party will register a domain name that uses their brand. Cyber squatters will invariably be primed to exploit the new domain names for their own benefit to the detriment of brand owners.

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